Students get hands-on experience with road dept.

BRTC student Hunter March receives heavy equipment training by way of the Greene County Road Department.

Black River Technical College’s Career and Technical Center students in Paragould received hands-on heavy equipment training at the Greene County Road Department recently.

Students learned how to operate a skid steer, excavator, grader, and a front-end loader.

Superintendent Ronnie Barrow and employees Tony Pratt, Ricky Hendrix, and Kenny Long demonstrated how to operate the various types of heavy equipment and then supervised students as they attempted to operate the equipment themselves.

Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon explained to the class that there is a shortage of individuals trained to operate heavy equipment, so there are many career opportunities in that area.

“Students in the Career and Technical programs at BRTC are receiving specialized instruction in their chosen field of study, as well as are able to experience professional and career opportunities in high demand areas, at no cost to them,” Dr. Brad Baine, BRTC Vice President of Academic Affairs said. “We are very proud to offer these opportunities to students.”

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